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Youth Without Youth Reviews

Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2011
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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Youth Without Youth smacks of vanity project from the first poetic moments to the last, and whose vanity lays a stronger claim to the big screen than Francis Ford Coppola's?

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

November 21, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Youth Without Youth is so beautiful, in fact, that it almost transcends the epic bunkum of Coppola's script. But almost doesn't count, even when it is uttered in ancient tongues.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 7, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Although it's easy to admire what [Coppola] was attempting to do with Youth Without Youth, the movie fails on such a thorough and complete level that to call it a noble attempt isn't really fair: It's really a colossal miscalculation.

| Original Score: 1/4

January 11, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A terrible mess of mystical mumbo jumbo, but you have to give Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth this: It is one magnificent and interesting failure of a film.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

January 11, 2008
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Unfortunately, Youth becomes so lost in its own conceptual, convoluted vortex, it becomes virtually incomprehensible.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 10, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Francis Ford Coppola's first film in 10 years deserves serious attention, but this massive dose of Nembutal only manages to render you too comatose to think.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 4, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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How's this for a ringing endorsement: Watching Youth Without Youth, Francis Ford Coppola's first film in nearly a decade, is like taking a philosophy exam.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 4, 2008
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Not so much a bad movie as a dispiritingly unnecessary one (especially by a once-great director), Youth Without Youth ultimately boils down to a long, autumn stroll around the block to a place everyone winds up at some time or another.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 4, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Too much of the film is a muddle, and it feels like work, not play.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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I'm all for bold screwiness, but this provocation seems labored despite the striking images.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 21, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in 10 years is a technically dazzling work, but humanly a bewildering one.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 21, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Meandering and often incomprehensible.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 21, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Youth Without Youth proves that Francis Ford Coppola can still make a movie, but not that he still knows how to choose his projects.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 21, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Youth Without Youth is well worth seeing.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 19, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Francis Ford Coppola's first film in a decade is perhaps the most complex, exasperating and challenging material he's ever directed.

December 17, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Coppola is one of the cinema's peerless masters, and I would have enjoyed nothing more than a chance to celebrate his new film. I'm truly sorry to say, then, that I found it impenetrable.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 14, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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While a movie doesn't have to make literal sense to be good, a filmmaker can't be so lost in his own universe that he forgets his job is to open it out to the rest of us. And that, apparently, is what has happened to Coppola here.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 14, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Youth Without Youth is a narratively ambitious, visually sumptuous surrealist enterprise that tries to bend time and space together as neatly as the folds in an origami swan.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The craftsmanship is undeniably polished. It's just too bad the story is so plodding and pretentious.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2007
Dana Stevens
Slate
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The movie has been labeled 'stilted,' 'soporific,' and 'a pretentious, meandering mess.' But you certainly couldn't call it conventional, predictable, or pandering. This film is stubbornly, almost insanely, itself.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 14, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Youth Without Youth is lush and heartfelt, but compelling only in fits and starts.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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I don't want to say this thing is complicated, but Tom Stoppard just called to beg for an explanation.... I apologize for all the elements I'm leaving out, but my editor ordered me to keep this piece under 40 million words.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The year's most bizarre novelty item.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 14, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Ultimately, Youth Without Youth is more intriguing than it is satisfying. It hooks you, then lets you flounder.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 14, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Coppola has gone uprriver again in an effort to reinvent himself and cinema in the process. He ultimately fails, but he can't be faulted for trying.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

December 13, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Borderline incomprehensible and often exasperatingly arty, Youth Without Youth is nevertheless a movie that, somehow, successfully conveys a great deal of heartbreak. It's a personal film in the best and worst senses.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

December 13, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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There's just enough greatness scattered in Youth Without Youth to make you wonder why there can't be more.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2007
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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Even ace editor Walter Murch struggles to give coherence to the professor's fractured, episodic journey through darkening wartime exile in Geneva, to the brighter revelations of '50s India and the sun-kissed Mediterranean.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

December 13, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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An incomprehensible, pretentious, meandering mess -- so self-serious, it's laughable.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 12, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie is one soporific, depressed, deadeningly vague scene after another.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: F

December 12, 2007
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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This is hardly Coppola's greatest movie, but it's far from his worst -- its bid for a new beginning is one from the heart.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 11, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Coppola takes a subject that once would have made him gaga and explores it with tenderness and lucidity.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 10, 2007
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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Handsomely made on a low budget, the film has the polished look of a Coppola film with expert contributions from some master craftsmen. But the story is full of arcane references that many will find nonsensical, and the performances are a letdown.

November 6, 2007
Jay Weissberg
Variety
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Youth Without Youth will translate to cinemas without audiences.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 23, 2007
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